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Sheri Shaneyfelt is an art historian of the Italian Renaissance and Principal Senior Lecturer in Renaissance art at Vanderbilt University, where she is also Director of Undergraduate Studies for the History of Art department. An award-winning lecturer, she also teaches courses in Northern European Renaissance and Baroque art at Vanderbilt. She earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington, with an M.A. from Vanderbilt, both in the History of Art, and an undergraduate B.S. in Biology from Centre College. Dr. Shaneyfelt specializes in Central Italian art, particularly that of Umbria and Tuscany. She lived and worked in Italy for long periods of time teaching for study-abroad programs in Perugia and Florence. Her research has been published in top art-historical journals, including The Art Bulletin, The Burlington Magazine, and Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte. Dr. Shaneyfelt's research and publication emphasis will continue her focus on Renaissance Umbria and painting and workshop practices in the later fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, primarily centering on Pietro Perugino and the early Raphael. She has extensive experience leading groups and teaching on site, and emphasizes the role of art and architecture in context.